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Build CouchDB

Build CouchDB is a wrapper or master project which pulls in, from official sources, CouchDB plus all of its dependencies. It is the most straightforward and reliable procedure to build official CouchDB releases from source.

Build CouchDB builds an isolated, independent server. You do not need administrator access. You can run several couches (for example, 0.10, 0.11, 1.0 releases) side-by-side.

Supported Platforms

Build CouchDB is developed and tested on the following operating systems:

  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx)
  • Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)
  • Apple OSX

The following systems are planned for support in the near future:

  • MS Windows Vista, Windows 7


You need only the basic GNU development toolchain, plus Rake. These are included in modern operating systems.

On Ubuntu and Debian:

sudo apt-get install make gcc zlib1g-dev libssl-dev libreadline5-dev bison rake

On OSX, install XCode.

Getting the Code

You will need the Git tool. Check out the code and pull in the third-party submodules.

git clone git://
cd build-couchdb
git submodule init
git submodule update

How to Build CouchDB

Just run Rake.


CouchDB and all its dependencies will install in the build/. To uninstall, simply delete that directory.


It's CouchDB! Just type couchdb. (But remember the path)

$ build/bin/couchdb
Apache CouchDB 0.12.0aa63efb6-git (LogLevel=info) is starting.
Apache CouchDB has started. Time to relax.
[info] [<0.33.0>] Apache CouchDB has started on

You can of course call it by absolute path. If your username is amit and you checked out the code in your home directory, you would run:


vim: tw=80

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